From the TUC

Help make life better for women trade unionists in Libya

01 Jan 2016, By

Want to start the New Year with some global solidarity? Our friends at LabourStart are running an e-action with the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) on behalf of Nermin Al-Sharif, leader of the Dockers and Seafarers Union of Libya, whose car crashed after it was followed by two other cars and shot at near Benghazi in November.

She is now out of hospital and recovering from her injuries. But this was the second attempt on her life and follows the murder of three other well-known female activists in Libya. Join over seven thousand trade unionists  around the world in calling on the Prime Minister of the Interim Government in Libya, Abdullah al-Thinni, to protect trade unionists and human rights activists.

Nermin is a passionate and determined internationalist – recognised abroad or her work – who has shown solidarity for women campaigning for their rights at Qatar Airways, in India and for the rights of the dockers and seafarers she represents. Now she needs our solidarity.

She has continued her increasingly dangerous work despite the civil war in oil rich Libya. The ITF made their call on the Libyan government to protect women trade unionists a focus for their work around United Nations day for the elimination of violence against women (VAW) on 25 November, when women transport workers assistant co-ordinator Jodi Evans said:

“We need to act collectively as trade unionists to end the scourge of violence against women. Let’s make this the biggest and best global union action on the UN day in the name of Nermin and all the women who are survivors of violence.”


One Response to Help make life better for women trade unionists in Libya

  1. Jeffrey Turner
    Jan 4th 2016, 5:10 pm

    Please protect trade unionists. Thank you.